Delaware State Researchers Prep to Analyze Findings of NASA Rover Landing on Mars
Scientists at Delaware State University are preparing for the landing of the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars next Monday morning, where they will be among the first researchers in the world to receive and process data from the red planet. The rover will analyze surface and rock matter that will give researchers insight into Mars’ ability to sustain microbial life, according to today’s report from Newsworks.
Dr. Nouradine Melikechi leads the research at Delaware State. He says data from Mars will be studied at the Dover campus using a process called Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy or LIBS. ”Our role then is to actually analyze that data and figure out what elements are on the planet Mars, both at the surface and underneath the surface.”